All markets fail to record growth, with the kingdom posting the biggest fall
A decline in Saudi Arabias projects market contributed to the value of the Gulf Projects Index falling by 0.2 per cent in the week up to 6 May, as all the Gulf countries failed to record growth.
The value of schemes planned or under way in Saudi Arabia, the regions biggest projects market, fell by 0.5 per cent to reach $1.1bn. The drop was due to the completion and cancellation of $7.4bn-worth of schemes. The largest to be cancelled was a $3.5bn project to build a second aluminium smelter at Jizan Economic City. The biggest completed project was the $1.2bn Yanbu Export Refinery.
Despite the fall, Saudi Arabias projects market has seen a strong year to date, with the value of its projects sector up 18.4 per cent year-on-year, making it the fastest-growing country in the index.
|Project name||Project status|
|Iraq||Zubair field development: South degassing station||Execution|
|Kuwait||Nine hospitals expansion: Al-Sabah hospital||Execution|
|Saudi Arabia||King Khaled Medical City||Main contract bid|
|Saudi Arabia||Yanbu export refinery: hydrocracker (EPC 4)||Complete|
|UAE||Saadiyat Island: New York University||Complete|
|For further information visit www.meed.com/meedprojects|
The UAE, the regions second-largest market, recorded a 0.2 per cent decrease, despite 27 new schemes worth a total of $1.9bn being launched. The value of the new projects was offset by the completion of 11 schemes, including a $900m project to build a branch of New York University on Saadiyat Island.
Bahrain, the regions smallest projects market, recorded a 0.1 per cent fall, as construction of a $70m warehouse was completed. Bahrain is the weakest market in the GCC this year, with the value of its projects sector down 9.4 per cent on the same period in 2013.
|Upcoming tender deadlines|
|Kuwait||Kuwait Oil Company||Provision of masterplan for installation services||18 May|
|UAE||Nakheel||Jebel Ali Village Club||20 May|
|UAE||Tourism Development & Investment Company||Guggenheim Museum||5 Jun|
|Saudi Arabia||Health Ministry||King Khaled Medical City||18 Jun|
|Egypt||New & Renewable Energy Authority||Design, manufacture and construction of 120MW wind farm||20 Jul|
|For further information visit www.meed.com/tenders|
Qatars projects market slipped 0.1 per cent, as two road schemes worth a total of $459m were completed. However, Qatars projects sector has enjoyed a strong year so far, with the value of its index up by 15 per cent year-on-year, making it the second-fastest growing market in the region.
Outside the GCC, the value of projects planned or under way in both Iran and Iraq remained unchanged.